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Author's Biography


G. Gene Black was born in the town of Greensburg, Indiana.

His writings began as short stories made available on social media where followers urged him to pursue the art of screenwriting. He's been a home builder and held various sales positions over his career. He's also been a freelance writer and songwriter since 2008. As an artist he does oil on canvas and enjoys playing piano. He currently resides in California with his wife while working on his next screenplay and novel.

In 2016, he completed the screenplay musical Piper which was followed by the novel. He's a member of the Production Arts Group in Los Angeles and the International Screenwriters' Association. His genre has been Fiction/Fairy Tales, Legends & Mythology, as well as musical live or animation within the family sub genre.

Influences:

Piper is an allegorical fairy tale influenced by the author's studies of the early 1700's and his fascination with pirates, Grub Street, and the Stamp Tax of 1712. The Piper story was written for ages 9 and up and should appeal to a wide audience young and old.

The story was seeded in July of 2009 by StoryStalker®, a character the author created. The title itself inspired the creation of the Old Crow, who's the antagonist in Piper.

The plot of, No More Stories, was further inspired by historical letters and writings by Jonathan Swift c. 1712, the "Curiosities of London" by John Timbs—D. Bouge, London, c. 1855 and their haunting stories of the Grub within London:

  Do you know that Grub Street is dead and gone last week? No more ghosts or murders now for love or money. I plied it pretty close the last fortnight and published at least seven penny papers of my own, besides some of other people's; but now every single half sheet pays a half penny to the queen. The Observator is fallen; the Medlays we jumbled together with the Flying Post, the Examiner is deadly sick; the Spectator keeps up and doubles its price; I know not how long it will hold. Have you seen the red stamp the papers are marked with? Methinks the stamping it is worth a half penny.—Jonathan Swift (August 7, 1712) [Project Gutenberg: The Journal To Stella; London, Methuen & Co. 1901]  

Beyond those scattered influences, there was not a straightforward attempt at parody or historical fiction; but history does leave a story in its wake.

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